Scholze, Hans

Scholzes works incorporate creative elements of spontaneity and Indonesian folklore decoration. His arrival in Holland in 1947 brought him in touch with interior architecture which gave him the push to explore the linear qualities of that art which he had already found as his main expression. He defines his works as journeys into the unknown, aimed at stimulating surprise and fascination. Hans Scholze is taking a line for a walk following the improvisational and subconscious artistic impulses resembling ‘automatic writing’ of surrealist artists. The result is a monochrome structure of forms and lines where figures are weaved into a mosaic of basically geometric forms which are as intriguing as the art of the primitive tribes of Indonesia and Africa. Yet, they are very close to the pop art of the Sixties where design and fantasy were combined to provide thickly built linear structures. His technique shows great concern and attention for detail. Some of the works are so finished in linear detail that one would not be surprised if he used magnifying glasses when he made some of them. There are no discarded areas in his drawings in black ink that moves ahead in its creative journey of imaginative exploration as if the paper is some uncharted area.

Villanueva, Felix (red.); Hans Scholze. Niet de bestemming, doch de reis…, Amsterdam 2004.

Hans Scholze
1933 Cepu, Java, Indonesia - 1993 Soest, The Netherlands